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Fox News Cans The O'Reilly Factor

21 April 2017

O'Reilly's statement came just hours after Fox's parent company announced "The O'Reilly Factor" host wouldn't be returning to the network "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations".

O'Reilly has been in hot water with the Fox News Channel in recent weeks, after numerous allegations of sexual harassment were reported in the press.

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday.

Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. Its leading female star, Megyn Kelly, decamped for NBC in January.

That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy.

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The decision to sack Mr O'Reilly appears to have been made between Tuesday and Wednesday by the Murdoch family, which controls the operations of 21st Century Fox.

But O'Reilly has been on Fox News for more than two decades. By the evening, "The O'Reilly Factor" no longer bore his name, simply titled "The Factor". With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading.

He was the top-rated host in cable news, serving up defiant commentary every weekday at 8 p.m., with a message that celebrated patriotism and expressed scorn for political correctness.

Starting Monday, Carlson's show will be followed at 9 p.m. EDT by "The Five", relocating from its afternoon slot.

All eyes will now focus on O'Reilly's replacement. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved. "Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench". Fox News media analyst and host of Fox News' MediaBuzz Howard Kurtz is here with details. Even if there's some disruption in ad rates or spots, he said, there's a "massive backstop" in those payments, which are long-term deals. "For years, Fox News executives, like Bill Shine, have provided cover for systematic sexual harassment and abuse of Fox New's employees".

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O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors. Its previous effort died in 2011, a casualty of the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. "That's bigger than O'Reilly", he said. Bustle has reached out to Fox News for comment.

"Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect", the 21st Century Fox email said Wednesday.

Twenty-First Century Fox had tapped the law firm Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which also looked into the allegations against Ailes, to investigate O'Reilly's conduct. The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor. Conservative personality Glenn Beck - who once lost a job at Fox because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers - came to O'Reilly's defense on his radio show.

O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard are due to release another book in the "Killing" series in September, and a spokeswoman for publisher Henry Holt and Co. said that plans had not changed.

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Fox News Cans The O'Reilly Factor